Signs of illness written all over your face

Signs of illness written all over your face

Signs of illness written all over your face

When doctors talk to patients as equals, it’s not just about creating a relationship. Certain facial features can provide important clues about underlying health conditions. We asked doctors across the country to tell us what they look for when examining patients.

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Dry, scaly skin or lips

This is a common warning sign of dehydration. It can also indicate a more serious problem affecting the functioning of the sweat glands, such as hypothyroidism (characterized by insufficient levels of thyroid hormone) or diabetes, says Roshini Raj, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and author of What the hell?! Other signs of hypothyroidism include feeling cold, weight gain, and fatigue. Diabetes symptoms include extreme thirst, frequent urination and blurred vision. The symptom could also reflect eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, or an allergic drug reaction. Here are other signs of disease your skin may be showing.

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Excess facial hair

Unwanted hair, particularly along the jawline, chin and upper lip, could be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormone imbalance in which male hormone levels are elevated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five million American women of childbearing age can be affected by the disease. Make sure you know the diseases doctors are most likely to overlook. But don’t immediately assume something is wrong: Excess hair on your face might just be a trait you’ve inherited. Here are 42 weird symptoms that may indicate a serious underlying condition.

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